Up until the start of last season, only one team had ever been beaten 9-0 in the first 27 years of the EPL.
Now it has happened to Southampton twice in 16 months.
Manchester United’s 9-0 thrashing of the Saints on Tuesday came after Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side were thumped by the same scoreline by Leicester in October 2019.
United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich Town in 1995 was the only other time it had happened.
And, much like in the home defeat by Leicester, Southampton suffered an early setback at Old Trafford with a sending off, this time youngster Alexandre Jankewitz receiving a straight red card after only two minutes.
Hasenhüttl and his side took on a recovery process after that humiliation at the hands of the Foxes, enduring reminders of the result in the build-up to a 2-1 win against the same opponent three months later, and facing up to questions on the one-year anniversary.
They emerged stronger, it seemed, winning five of their first eight league games this season and being praised for their high-energy approach. Only four weeks ago they beat defending champions Liverpool 1-0.
But now the rebuilding starts again.
“We lost again in a horrible way. The same story: one man down and 90 minutes can be long,” said Southampton’s Austrian coach, who had nine players out injured against United.
“The lads had no alternatives – no players on the bench, no alternatives to defend better. In the end, it’s a different situation to the first time. It hurts more to have this result again. But the team are a different one now and we’ve had a good season so far. Let’s see how the season ends.”
The punishing numbers for Saints
. This was Southampton’s biggest away defeat in any competition and they have now lost four consecutive league games.
. Some 35% of Southampton’s Premiership goals this season – 12 out of 35 – have been conceded against Manchester United.
. It was the first time United had won a competitive game by more than a five-goal margin against Southampton.
. The Saints became only the second team in EPL history to receive two red cards against United at Old Trafford after Wigan in November 2010.
. Jankewitz became the first player to be sent off on his PL debut since Serge Aurier for Tottenham Hotspur in September 2017. – BBC Sport